A day made in heaven for the animal lover who wants a hands-on experience in the day and life of Tenikwa. This specialised All Day program will keep you on the go all day with various activities involving the resident animals at Tenikwa.

A special part of the day is to spend time with our animal keeping staff in the Rehabilitation Centre as part of the day’s activities.

The program content is flexible, but for adults it includes a Cheetah Walk, Photographic Tour, Various Enrichment Programs, an amazing Cheetah Grooming session, Rehabilitation Work and much much more.

This is a full day program and includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments.

CRAZEE CAT DAY DEPARTURE TIMES

There are two starting times to choose from, either at 07h30 or 08h30.

CRAZEE CAT DAY DURATION

The Crazee Cat Day is a full day program.

If you book for the 07h30 time slot, you will probably be finished around 17h00.

If you book for the 08h30 time slot, you will probably be finished around 18h00.

CRAZEE CAT DAY PRICE

R2300 per person
There is a height requirement of 1.2 metres to join this program

THE CRAZEE CAT DAY POLICIES AND RULES

Children Policy

This program is not suitable for young children.  There is a height requirement of 1.2 metres to join this program.

Should you be a family interested in booking The Crazee Cat Day program, please contact us so that we can discuss how we can accommodate younger children.

Dress Code

During the Crazee Cat Day, you will be participating in a varied selection of programs. Please dress comfortably with protection from the sun as you will be outdoors for the bulk of the day. Certain of the activities, like the Cheetah Walk takes place over some ground which can be uneven and slippery. All guests are required to wear long trousers which cover their ankles for this program. Long dresses or stockings are not an acceptable substitute for long trousers. Guests will be required to change into suitable attire before proceeding with the walk.  Closed, sturdy walking shoes (tackies, sneakers, hiking boots are all suitable) are required to be worn on the Cheetah Walk and comfortable shoes are essential for the balance of the day.

You will be allocated a lockable cabinet for the day where valuables, bags, backpacks and camera bags can be stored for easy access during the day.

Only subscription sunglasses are allowed on the Cheetah Walk and during the grooming session.

Please consider bringing a hat or cap along for sun protection because the sun can be quite hot during summer. A light windbreaker is also good to include, especially for the Sunset Cheetah Walk as it can get quite chilly once the sun goes down.

Group Size

This is an exclusive program. There is no maximum or minimum size group for this program, but it will only be your group doing the various activities for the day.

Fitness Policy

The Crazee Cat Day is quite a busy day but is not a strenuous activity. There is time to relax between sessions. Some of the activities, like the Cheetah Walk does require reasonable degree of fitness  to keep up with the cheetahs.  If you have medical issues or feel you may not be able to keep up with the pace of the day, please let us know beforehand so that we can do our utmost to accommodate you.

No walking sticks are allowed on the cheetah walk..

Difficulty - Moderate 50%

Weather Policy

The Crazee Cat Day is an all weather program and even during poor weather, there is still plenty of activities to ensure that you enjoy the day. Rain jackets are provided in inclement weather.

Tenikwa reserves the right to cancel the cheetah walk section of the program in extreme weather conditions. In such cases, the cheetah walk section of the program will be substituted with an alternative session.

No Touch Policy

Animal Contact Policy

During the Crazy Cat Day our animals are free to express natural behavior, and its a privilege to be so close but not to interfere with their activities.

This program allows a behind the scenes look at all the resident animals of Tenikwa alongside our animal keeping team.

There is a no touching policy enforced on this program.

Our animal contact policy follows a strict code of ethics which is compiled to ensure that the human-animal interaction is in keeping with the natural behavior of the animal

Photography Policy

Guests are welcome to take photographs and video of their day at Tenikwa. Flash must be disabled at all times.  Photographs in the rehabilitation hospital whilst you are working alongside the animal keeping staff are not allowed.

The Crazee Cat Day

Full Day Program
R2300 Per person

Includes Breakfast and Lunch

Please advise special dietary requirements when booking

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    “Spectacular”

    I’ve never taken the time to review anything before, but this place is so great I had to. We did the whole “crazy cat day” and, for two inveterate travelers who have been many places and done many things, this was a peak experience for both of us. We also felt wonderful about the work Mandy and her group are doing, which isn’t always the case with wildlife encounters. can’t recommend this highly enough.

  • “Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve worth a visit”.

    We only ever visit animals that are in danger and need a good home to be looked after. We have visited an elephant nature reserve in Thailand so thought we would do Tenikwa whilst on the Garden Route. It turned out to be well worth it.
    Our guide “Ash” was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful – thank you.
    Ash took us on our private tour of the animals and explained the job of the reserve. We spent about 90 minutes there and thoroughly enjoyed it. You get really close to the animals to see them in their environment. There is no touching of the animals allowed.
    Keep up the excellent work of informing people about endangered animals.

    Visited February 2017
  • Close Encounter”

    Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve is a charming centre to experience African Big Cats. They also have a rehabilitation centre on site where they rehabilitate injured animals found in the Garden Route. The work the staff does is extraordinary as the amount of care given to these animals is phenominal. Our guide Peter was brilliant in that he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the conservation work going on at Tenikwa. I will definitely recommend this place as my experience getting up close to a cheetah was a once in a lifetime experience and something i will treasure for the rest of my life.

  • “Incredible”

    So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We’ll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

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    “The most awesome day ever!!”

    This has to be one of the most amazing places to visit EVER! The Crazee Cat day is a once in lifetime opportunity to discover exactly what goes on in a conservation centre combined with the excitement of talking the Cheetahs out for a walk and having the chance to actually sit and groom them. Both Len and Mandy (the owners) always do what is right by the animals – whether it’s rehab’ing them so the animals can go back into the wild or caring for them when it would be dangerous to put them back…………Both Len & Mandy combined with all the guides and carers, especially Peter, Uncle Jacob, Tawanda, ‘Gogo Wendy’ and Cheryl the vet make this one of the best experiences you’ll ever have!! Five stars doesn’t even come close to how great this place is! X

  • “Incredible experience and best guides ever!!”

    Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
    The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
    Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
    I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

  • “The Tenikwa Cat Awareness Centre is brilliant”

    The chance to get up close with caracels, lions, servals, African wild cats, cheetahs and leopards is not to be missed. Our guides, Peter and Patrick gave us lots of really useful and interesting information. Thee Tenikwa Centre is a must-see location. Don’t miss it!

    Visited May 2017
  • “Close Encounter with Wild Animals ”

    We enjoyed our visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre where we were made aware of how some of the sick or injured wild animals were rescued, rehabilitated and then released back to the wild.

    It was an enriching tour as well as a thrilling one as we came up close to see African storks, blue cranes, Caracals, servals, meerkats, leopards, lions and even went with the guide into an enclosure where 2 cheetahs were. What an awesome experience! I highly recommend this tour!

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    TripAdvisor June 2017
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    “Crazee Cat Day – Totally worth it!”

    We did the crazee cat day and it all started off with a super delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we went on a short tour to get to know the different areas of the centre and the different animals – they have cute penguins and other animals as well! We even went on a lovely short penguin walk with Carol and another guide. After the walking around, we met up with Joel (a really funny guide) who showed us all the different cats they have at the centre, highlight was playing with the servals (with a self made toy with feathers on a stick). They have at the moment 2 lion cubs, they are absolutely adorable and i could have spent the whole day just watching them. But of course meeting up with the cheetahs was another highlight and definately a “will never forget moment”. We got served lunch, dessert and cake for tea time, everything was very delicious. Its a great place to spend some hours or the whole day, the whole staff there really cares for the animals and are really close to them. We had an amazing day with Joel and his passion for the cats and working for a brighter future for them is exemplary.

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    “Highly educational and informative!!!”

    Although we were doing the usual trip around the premises and although it was fantastically explained and choreographed by the Tourguide Wilfred, I do recommend a Full Day Package or the Cheetah Walk. It is truly fantastic to know a place such as this exists and is run and orchestrated by such passionate and good hearted bunch of people. And if you are wondering ‘why high rates’ remember what you pay for… they need every penny to do the good job they are doing at Tenikwa!

  • “Cats up close”

    We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they’re providing to visitors and the animals. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.

  • “Inspirational Place!!”

    Our sunset Cheetah Walk was one of the highlights of our visit to South Africa. To be up close to two majestic beautiful animals was a dream come true. The walk is all about the cheetahs as you are joining them on their walk and we felt very honoured to be part of it. There are no leads and you simply follow the cheetahs at their pace. At no time did we feel unsafe and had three wonderful guides with us – Msizi, Mfundo and Patrick, who are very knowledgable and passionate about the animals. There was plenty of photo opportunities on the walk. This is an amazing centre which is doing some much in raising awareness of conservation issues in South Africa and in rehabilitating animals. An amazing experience was had by everyone and fantastic memories were made. We hope to be back one day!!

  • “Great experience!!”

    Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre – not a zoo!
    Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!

  • “Unique Non-Tourism Awareness Centre”

    A unique refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary, we were very impressed with Tenikwa, as fellow South-Africans in the Tourism industry we appreciate this great conservation project. The tour exceeded our expectations, the animals are well-kept in spacious enclosures that represent their natural habitat. Loved the different species of cats & close-up encounters with lion cubs and cheetahs. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we understood that the animals were still wild animals, we did not feel intrusive at all, as these cats only experienced enclosed living, not another Zoo which was so great! Will definitely recommend to all our guests. Worth every penny!
    Would have loved to be shown the rehabilitation facility!

  • “Should be on everyone’s Bucket List”

    We opted to do the Crazy Cat Day (full day) and we were absolutely delighted with the experience. We started the day off taking Duma, – one of the cheetahs – for his morning walk. This was followed by a freshly prepared hot breakfast. Thereafter, we were able to interact with a large range of animals, including: six week old lion cubs; servals; caracals; penguins; an egret; a water mongoose; a honey badger; a leopard; tortoises; marabous; a springbok; blue cranes as well as a few domestic dogs and cats!

    At lunchtime, we were served bobotie (a traditional South African dish), which was delicious.
    I would recommend the full day experience because you learn a lot more about the animals and also get to feed some (I fed a springbok, an egret and a penguin). Our main guides were Msizi and Wendy – they were a credit to the Centre with their extensive knowledge of the various animals and their passion for their work was evident, which was true of all the guides we interacted with during the day.
    Delighted.

  • “Amazing place! Definitely worth a visit”

    On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
    I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

  • “Extraordinary Experience with Passionate Professionals”

    First of all, Tenikwa and our tour deserves 10 points. The work being done here and what you learn is unbelievable and all the people are committed to its mission. We felt honored to be part a day at Tenikwa.

    Now regarding our tour, the walk with the the cheetah, it was over the top! Our guide Ash was so knowledgeable and caring he thought ahead of everyone’s needs, ours and the cheetah. He started by first showing us a short film explaining a few safety precautions and information about the cheetah.

    Our walk began along with his assistant Peter who worked with Ash in bringing the cheetah out in the specially enclosed area which was several acres in size. The pair worked in tandem, Peter typically ahead of the cheetah and Ash and ourselves just a few feet behind him. We walked for over an hour, sometimes we had to jog to keep up For short periods. Periodically the cheetah would just lay down and roll in the dirt to. mark his territory, or take a drink of water from a pond.

    Peter was fabulous taking our cameras from us and getting incredible photos for us in addition to the ones we took ourselves.

    There are barely any words to describe being so close to this magnificent cat.

    Later in the morning, After complimentary tea/coffee and a muffin, we toured the other big cats of Africa with Ash’s other assistant Patrick,and saw two incredible white lions, a leopard that was above our heads resting, and more beauties!

    We were very grateful to all the extpertise these gentleman shared with us during our visit. Our only regret was not having more time to have more experiences. They offer an array of great tours, all very educational. It was also good to hear the fee for the tours supports Tenikwa.

    Visited May 2017
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    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “Amazing Experience”

    I booked the full day “Crazy Cat” experience and can’t recommend it highly enough! It was such an incredible day. The staff are so dedicated to the welfare of the animals in their care. On the full day experience you get to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals. I really enjoyed my day at the centre and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place to those interested in knowing more about wild animals.

  • “Inspiring place”

    This a place where care, deep knowledge of conservation stand out: an unusually genuine place where you can be fully engaged with an ethically-centred experience of African cats and other animals.

  • “Lovely Day”

    I was in doubt which tour I should take. Finally, I chose the Crazee Cat, which is a tour for the whole day. I am so glad that I did that. It was an once in a life time experience to learn about these beautiful creatures and to have a look in the hospital. The guides know a lot and they answered all my question. I can assure you that I had a lot. I would like to thank everyone at Tenikwa for this beautiful day and a special thanks to Mthobisi and Wendy who took care of me the whole day!

  • “Crazy Cat day!!”

    My wife and I are animal lovers and decided to experience the crazy cat day offered at Tenikwa Wildlife center. It was truly a memorable day. You start your morning by helping the staff with any morning duties in the rehab center. We fed some rescued penguins, and spent time prepping food and feeding a 2 month old porcupine.

    After that we enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast and coffee on their terrace, before meeting up with our absolutely wonderful guide Joel who we spend the rest of the day with.

    The afternoon was spent visiting the many cat enclosures on the property. Joel guided us through the center viewing many of the cats (I.e the lions and leopards) from outside their enclosure, but taking us with the confines of the cheetah and Serval enclosures. We never felt unsafe as Joel guided us where to walk, where to sit, and what to do.

    After a delicious afternoon lunch break (I enjoyed chicken curry and some chocolate cake), we had the amazing experience of feeding the cats. With all of these cats being wild, Joel was careful to ensure that we fed the cats from a safe distance and outside of their enclosure.

    We capped the day off with a 2k walk with their beautiful male and female cheetahs. Surrounded by multiple guides, we meandered through a trail that was just off the main cheetah enclosure. This was simply a superb way to close out our day.

    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “The best Big Wild Cats Sanctuary in South Africa”

    I am an avid wildlife photographer and I have visited Tenikwa many times to join the photographic tour. Tenikwa is in a class of its own. Great care is taken to ensure that the animals there are kept in enclosures which give them privacy, companionship and ample vegetation to create the feeling of “nature surrounding”. The first introduction to your tour is a short but entertaining video to give you some insight and history of the animals there. The photographic tour is wonderful. In some instances you are allowed into the enclosures (excluding the leopard and the lions) to take some more close-up shots. The guides are always good. They can tell you anything and everything about each different “big cat” you meet on your tour, be it about the species or one or two of the animals themselves. These animals are definitely not circus animals and are semi-wild. They are treated with great respect and visitors are expected to do so as well. There are also other tours such as walking with the cheetahs etc. For refreshment there is a coffee shop and for the shopper a curio shop with some wonderful items. The love and respect for the inhabitants of Tenikwa are well reflected in the manner in which they are treated, respected and revered. Many are rescue animals and all are ambassadors for their species. Wildlife awareness is emphasized and taught. Yet when leaving there one has the distinct feeling that you have really seen, and have lived an experience with the Big Cats of South Africa. I personally love Tenikwa!!!!

    TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor January 2017
  • “Experience of a lifetime!!!”

    I have loved big cats since I was little so I had high expectations of this place. My expectations were well surpassed. If you want to learn about animal conservation and support the amazing work they do here, you MUST go.
    Our guide was Ash. He was so passionate about all the animals in the Sanctuary. Not just the cats. This is clearly not just a job for him.
    We did the wild cat experience with the cheetah walk. It was unbelievable to be so close to these truly beautiful animals.
    Was also had the privilege of chatting to Karen who provides direct support to the animals. We wish Thandi all the best in her recovery.
    The restaurant also does great food!

    Visited April 2017
  • “Wonderful experience with wonderful guides”

    Having visited Tenikwa on my first trip to South Africa 2 years ago, I was more than happy at the chance to visit a second time. This centre is perfect for big cat lovers and people who are conscious of the welfare of such animals, rather than only caring about getting that perfect selfie. Tenikwa really looks after their animals and the whole experience is very informative and designed to educate visitors as well as provide an enjoyable experience. We came by late afternoon for the general tour and then back the next morning for a sunrise walk with the cheetahs, which was a real highlight. Being able to walk alongside them, free of reigns or leads, and watch them behave and play as they would do, is a delight. Our guides, Mfundo, Cloud and Joel were excellent, very friendly, and knew everything there was to know about the animals. Mound in particular, as he also took us on the general tour the day before, was a truly wonderful guide.
    I would highly recommend this centre for animal lovers on any visit to the Western Cape!

    Visited March 2017
  • “Amazing.”

    This was a highlight of our 3 weeks in southern Africa. Had a chance to walk with Cheetahs that are wild!! Mfundo Ash-Sizwe was a wonderful guide that made a terrifying experience a highlight. We were one if ,6 people that walk with Cheetahs 2 times per day to enhance their lives. The roam free we followed their lead. Amazing. Bravo to this center that rescues these animals.

    Visited May 2017
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    TripAdvisor May 2017
  • “Special Day”

    This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn’t do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.